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  1. NHS names local Covid-19 'vaccine hubs'

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Covid-19 vaccines will be rolled out across the North East and Cumbria and people could be seen at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary from next week, it has emerged.

    According to an NHS presentation seen by the Local Democracy Reporting Service, the hospital will be among the first in the country to be used as a vaccine hub, after the UK approved the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Wednesday.

    Middlesbrough’s James Cook Hospital is named as a site to deliver the vaccine in the first week of the roll-out, with North Tyneside General Hospital and the Freeman Hospital in the second week.

    The NHS presentation also lists Whitehaven or Carlisle as a hub in week one of the process.

    Slide showing vaccine sites

    A report by Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chief executive, Dame Jackie Daniel, said: “In October, Newcastle Hospitals was appointed as the lead provider for the development and provision of a Covid-19 Vaccine Hub for the North East and North Cumbria.

    “A multi-professional and multi-agency programme team has been brought together to plan how a vaccination programme will work for the region, and is doing so working closely with partners from across the Integrated Care System.”


    People in care homes, along with the staff who work in them, are expected to be among the first to receive the jabs.

    Health and social care workers and adults who are extremely vulnerable due to health conditions are also a high priority.

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A5087 Cumbria both ways

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    A5087 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, from Vulcan Road to Roose Road.

    A5087 Cumbria - A5087 Salthouse Road in Barrow-In-Furness closed in both directions from the Vulcan Road junction to the Roose Road junction, because of a vehicle hitting the bridge.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  3. Carlisle Manager Chris Beech and Director David Holdsworth

    Carlisle United Director of Football David Holdsworth is charged with misconduct by the FA after allegedly abusing a match official following his side's FA Cup fixture against Doncaster on Saturday.

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  4. Watch: Dales hit by a blast of the festive white stuff

    There's enough snow to build quite a few snowmen in parts of the Yorkshire Dales this morning.

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    Video caption: Up to 4in (10cm) of snow fell in higher parts of the Yorkshire Dales

    This footage was filmed by Thomas Beresford out in the higher parts of North Yorkshire:

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    Video caption: Snow has fallen heavily in northern parts of North Yorkshire
  5. Ulverston foster carer rewarded for keeping family together

    A woman from Ulverston who gave up her job to keep her mother's foster family together has been named as Cumbria's Foster Carer of the Year.

    Stephanie Lane, 35, grew up with her mum working as a foster carer from the age of 11.

    When her mum Janet died last year, Stephanie trained as a carer so she could keep the three children her mum has fostered since they were young together in the home they'd always known.

    Stephanie Lane
    Quote Message: Mum cared long-term for two teenaged siblings and also a little boy with additional needs and they had all been with her since they were tiny - all they’d really ever known was mum.
    Quote Message: It was a no brainer for me to take over where mum left off.” from Stephanie Lane Foster carer
    Stephanie LaneFoster carer
  6. Weather on the fells: Cloud moving in with spots of rain likely

    • Temperature at 3000 ft: Around -1C (30F), rising to 1 or 2C (34 to 36F) this afternoon.
    • Winds: North, backing north-west, moderate to fresh, with gusts of 20-30 mph.
    • Cloud: Cloud bases above the summits, but will tend to lower to around 2300ft (700m) towards sunset, especially across the north-western Lakes.
    • Weather: Any sunshine will soon give way to cloud moving in from the west. This may bring a few spots of rain in the afternoon, as it tends to thicken and lower. There's the chance of the odd brighter spell later in the afternoon towards sunset.
    • Visibility: Very good or excellent, but becoming poor on the higher peaks towards dusk, as the cloud lowers
  7. Debenhams closures hit Cumbria branches

    Debenhams stores are set to close, the BBC understands, following the failure of last-ditch efforts to rescue the ailing department store chain.

    It means all 12,000 employees are likely to lose their jobs when the chain's 124 shops cease trading.

    In Cumbria there are branches in Barrow, Carlisle and Workington.

    The jobs are set to go over the coming months unless the administrators do a deal for all or parts of the business as the process unfolds.

  8. Ice Age fish numbers increasing in Ennerdale Water

    Numbers of a species of fish which dates back to the Ice Age and was on the brink of extinction have increased, a survey has shown.

    The fish found in Ennerdale Water are thought to be the last spawning in an English river.

    With money from fishing licence sales, the Environment Agency, Forestry Commission and Wild Ennerdale have worked together on a restoration project to boost the numbers.

    This year’s survey showed Charr numbers have increased significantly.

    Peter McCollough, fisheries officer at the Environment Agency, said: "This project is a great example of how money from fishing licence sales is used to protect and improve fisheries.”

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  9. Covid testing starts for Cumbria University students

    Students at Cumbria University will start being tested for coronavirus this week so they can go home safely for the Christmas break.

    The university is hosting on-campus testing and students are encouraged to take two tests, 72 hours apart, before travelling home as soon as a negative result is confirmed.

    The Government wants students across the UK to go home during a travel window between 3 and 9 December.

    It's expected that thousands will start returning to Cumbria from other universities later this week.

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  10. Carbon neutral ambition for Lake District parks revealed

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) has revealed it plans to be carbon neutral within five years.

    The authority told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that it had already taken steps towards its goal including replacing its fleet of pool cars with electric vehicles, installing electric charging points and adding solar panels onto its buildings.

    Chief executive Richard Leafe said he was very positive the plan could be achieved by 2025.

    He said: “As a national park authority we have been working to reduce our carbon budget for the past decade and, as always, we set ourselves challenging targets.

    “I’m pleased to confirm we are well on the way to achieving this and have already reduced our carbon footprint by 44% since 2010."

    Lake District
  11. Weather on the fells: Damp and cloudy with strong winds

    • Temperature at 3000 ft: Around 3C (37F) for most of the day.
    • Winds: Near gale force westerly winds at first today veering south-westerly later and decreasing to a strong breeze. Gusts up to 45mph possible in the morning.
    • Cloud: Cloud bases will be low this morning between 1000 to 2000ft (300 to 600m) with early outbreaks of rain. This afternoon cloud bases should lift between 2000 to 3000ft (600 to 900m), and in the late afternoon skies will begin to clear.
    • Weather: The day will begin dull and damp. Outbreaks of rain are likely to persist through much of this morning, but will ease in the early afternoon. Skies will clear by late afternoon or early evening and it will become chilly.
    • Visibility: Visibility will be quite poor this morning, especially with rainfall. As rain eases in the afternoon, visibility will be good below cloud bases.